The trail crosses a very long meadow then gradually climbs through a young lodgepole pine forest, recovering from the massive Lost Fire in 1988. The climb through the forest seems to go on forever with several false summits. Finally we reached the first of seven stunning subalpine lakes, and the views just kept coming as we continued on discovering each lake in the string. Though the trail is long and somewhat arduous, the payoff is worth it!
|The beginning of the trail.|
We must traverse the entire length of this long meadow.
|Marmots were the critter of the day!|
|Flowers were plentiful.|
|Once we reached the end of the meadow the trail began to climb the foothills...becoming very rocky.|
The lodgepole forest is young, coming back after the devastating Lost Fire of 1988,
it felt like we were climbing through a Christmas tree farm!
|Reaching the lakes area was a wonderful relief!|
The trail finally leveled out and the views were fantastic!
|Check out the sheer walls of the 11,000+ foot peaks behind us.|
|Clouds were building, creating postcard-like views.|
|The marmots in these parts are huge!|
|And back through the meadow to the truck...another lovely day on the trail!|
For more information on trail location and hike details do a search using keywords: Seven Brothers Lakes Hike and you'll get a link from the Cloud Peak Wilderness hiking book. This information is fairly old (1999) but will get you to the trail. You could also buy the book!